By Jules Verne
The deep-sea exploits of secretive Captain Nemo, embarking at the world's first worldwide vendetta.
When an unidentified “monster” threatens overseas transport, French oceanographer Pierre Aronnax and his unflappable assistant Conseil sign up for an day trip geared up by means of the U.S. military to seek down and wreck the risk. After months of fruitless looking out, they eventually grapple with their quarry, yet Aronnax, Conseil, and the brash Canadian harpooner Ned Land are thrown overboard within the assault, purely to discover that the “monster” is admittedly a futuristic submarine, the Nautilus, commanded through a shadowy, mystical, preternaturally enforcing guy who calls himself Captain Nemo. therefore starts off a trip of 20,000 leagues—nearly 50,000 miles—that will take Captain Nemo, his team, and those 3 adventurers on a trip of discovery via undersea forests, coral graveyards, miles-deep trenches, or even the sunken ruins of Atlantis. Jules Verne’s novel of undersea exploration has been attractive readers ever given that its first book in 1870, and Frederick Paul Walter’s reader-friendly, scientifically meticulous translation of this visionary technological know-how fiction vintage is entire and unabridged all the way down to the smallest sizeable detail.
Jules Verne used to be born in 1828 right into a French lawyering kin within the Atlantic coastal urban of Nantes. notwithstanding his father despatched him off to a Paris legislations institution, younger Jules were writing at the part in view that his early youth, and his puppy themes have been the theater, commute, and technology. Predictably sufficient, his felony reviews led nowhere, so Verne took an afternoon activity with a inventory brokerage, in his off-hours penning scripts for farces and musical comedies whereas additionally publishing brief tales and novelettes of clinical exploration and adventure.
His large step forward got here whilst he mixed his theatrical knack together with his medical bent and in 1863 released an African event yarn, 5 Weeks in a Balloon. After that and until eventually his loss of life in 1905, Jules Verne was once one of many planet’s best-loved and best-selling novelists, publishing greater than sixty books. different ingenious favorites by means of him comprise The Mysterious Island, Hector Servadac, The Begum’s hundreds of thousands, grasp of the area, and The Meteor Hunt. Verne ranks one of the 5 such a lot translated authors in background, besides Mark Twain and the Bible.
Frederick Paul Walter is a scriptwriter, broadcaster, librarian, and novice paleontologist. A long-standing member of the North American Jules Verne Society, he served as its vp from 2000 to 2008. Walter has produced many media courses, articles, studies, and papers on features of Jules Verne and has translated many Verne novels, together with striking trips: 5 Visionary Classics and The Sphinx of the Ice Realm, either additionally released by way of SUNY Press. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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The followers of Euclid, if not the geometer himself, were resident in Alexandria, as was the mathematician 24 HISTORY AND CULTURE Apollonius of Perge. The advances in anatomy made by the physician Herophilus resulted from dissection of corpses supplied by the Ptolemies, who even allowed vivisection as a means of executing condemned criminals. Eratosthenes’ calculation of the circumference of the earth was made possible by extrapolation from precise measurements made by royal survey expeditions into southern Egypt and Nubia.
4 Attalid Pergamum Pergamum, a city in Mysia in northwestern Asia Minor, became the center of an independent kingdom during the third century. The Attalid kings who ruled there are important as rivals to the Ptolemies in intellectual and scholarly pursuits, for their development of a baroque style in art, and for their transmission of Hellenistic culture to Rome. From 302 Pergamum was administered for Lysimachus by the eunuch Philetaerus, who was entrusted with the Diadoch’s treasury. Shrewdly defecting to Seleucus I in 283, Philetaerus became a Seleucid vassal after Lysimachus’ death in battle in 281 but retained his treasury as the basis of Pergamene wealth.
Even a poet from the Antigonid capital of Pella, the epigrammatist Posidippus (Ch. 6), praised the Ptolemies as the legitimate heirs to the Persian empire of Alexander in an epigram collection recently recovered on a papyrus bookroll. The character of this Alexandrian poetry is closely related to the aesthetic tastes of the court for which it was created, while other writings reveal the interests of the Ptolemies in scientific and scholarly pursuits. For instance, Eratosthenes of Cyrene (Ch. 1), the tutor of the young Ptolemy IV Philopator, addressed a letter containing his solution for a long-standing mathematical problem to his pupil’s father, and Agatharchides of Cnidus (Ch.